Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Oh Boy! Casino Time at Murcia!

Hello all,

It has been more than two weeks since I've been to Murcia and let me tell you all that it has been a great experience so far. Ketyra and I have been exploring the city by ourselves so far, but we had only gone around the Plaza Circular because it is near by our apartment. Fortunately, we had the chance to see the city more because of Irene. Irene is a local student that's involved in the buddy program. The buddy program is meant to pair an international student with a local to ask questions about the university and the city. I met up with Irene close to La Merced and from there we walked to Plaza Santo Domingo. I really like the Plaza because it was beautiful and it had a lot of shops and restaurants. Irene and her friend Maria Angeles took us to a casino first. I would like to clarify that it is not a casino were people bet money and either win or lose money. It's called casino because it is were the wealthy people go to relax and play at the pool table. The name of the place is Real Casino de Murcia, and it has an Arabic Patio which is really pretty.

This is me standing in from the entrance of the casino/Arabic Patio. The picture on the right is a closer look to the Arabic Patio (I know it's fancy!). 

The great thing about it was that they gave us a discount to go in and see the casino!! (I mean we all did looked good, so I wasn't surprised at all). The casino also has a restaurant which is kind of expensive for a college student, but it won't hurt to go there and eat some fancy food with some fancy dress (and yes I just want to go because I want to dress fancy for once, is that a crime?) Anyways, the pictures below is a selfie of me (I know I need to practice my selfie pictures) and the casino's library. If I remember correctly Harry Potter's library was inspired by this library, or the other way around, or they both had the same creator. The tour guy was telling us the story behind it, but I clearly wasn't paying attention because I was trying to take a selfie. But, I did hear him say something about Harry Potter. 
While we were on exploring the casino we saw something that appeared to be a photo shoot. A girl was wearing a lot of make up and fancy dresses and there were a bunch of lights and cameras and a lot of pictures. It was probably a modeling agency or some before prom pictures (then I realized that Spain doesn't have prom so lets take that possibility out of the table).

Me feeling like a princess! This is one of the rooms in the Casino and I think it was the ballroom for the rich folks back in the day. 

A lot of the rooms in the Casino were very beautiful and it had a lot of art, culture, and tradition of Murcia. This was definitely the place where the rich people get together because the rooms were bigger than my house. The casino is really fancy and it is worth visiting because it's beautiful and it has a lot of the rich culture in Murcia. It was a great experience, and stay tune for my next blog that's coming soon!!!.